Below is an example of how I hang my mini quilts. I save random bits of scrap ribbon and stitch little loops to the top before I sew on the binding. When I go to hang these mini quilts I just have to put some nails in the wall and hang these little tabs on the nails. It works for me and I don't have to figure it out later.
Yay! I'm here today to share a finish (my only finish from my Finish-A-Long list.) I actually finished this quilt over a month ago, but being sick (and I still am) and sick kids and everything else in the world seemed to keep me from blogging about this mini quilt.
I started this mini at some point last year when Erica at Kitchen Table Quilting released the pattern, the Carol Quilt. I fell in love with the pattern and wanted to make it instantly. I also didn't want to make a full sized quilt, thus this mini was born. I had to do some math to figure out how much to cut out, as the pattern doesn't include instructions for a mini. It wasn't that difficult to figure out, just took a little bit of counting.
I used a charm pack of Moda Gooseberry by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique and a charm pack of Moda Modern Background Paper by Zen Chic. I also threw in a few low volume scraps that I had to round things out for the background. I love how these fabrics play together.
This is a two block pattern (only two different blocks make the whole quilt) so it goes together really quickly. This mini measures 24.5" x 24.5". Once I had the top together it sat basted for quite a while because I couldn't decide on quilting. This always seems to be the case with me, held up on the quilting phase.
Finally I decided to stop over thinking it and just quilt a simple diagonal grid following along in the ditch of the design. I'm happy that I chose this as I feel it really adds to the design and makes it pop. Sometimes simpler is better. I quilted it with a 50 weight Aurifil in white.
The pieced back is a scrap of low volume that I had (the print to the right) and the small + print is a pillowcase from Target. Lately I've started to use bed sheets as backing as they are usually big enough to get away from a pieced back and the quality is really nice. The thread count of these sheets is almost exactly the same as quilting cotton so the sheets play nicely with other fabrics. The cost of a set of sheets are a lot cheaper too, especially when you buy them on clearance!
Below is an example of how I hang my mini quilts. I save random bits of scrap ribbon and stitch little loops to the top before I sew on the binding. When I go to hang these mini quilts I just have to put some nails in the wall and hang these little tabs on the nails. It works for me and I don't have to figure it out later.
That's all folks! I'm glad I at least finished one of my projects this quarter, thank goodness for a mini quilt. I'll leave you today with an "artsy" photo of my mini.
One of the really fun perks of being a member of the Modern Quilt Guild is the fabric challenges. I was always so jealous of the members participating in these challenges, so as soon as the MQG offered individual memberships I jumped on the chance and thankfully we were given the opportunity to play along too. In February of this year the Micheal Miller Fabric Challenge was announced and we got a sneak peak of the fabric, Petal Pinwheels. All participants were sent 6 fat eighths of this fabric line and were given the freedom to create whatever we wanted, just so long as it was quilted.
I wasn't really sure what I would create, but I knew that I have enjoyed working with triangles lately, so I decided to create my own thing and see where it ended up. I started the four triangles in the quilt with the same size center and then cut strips of varying widths and created a "wonky" effect. I kept sewing rounds until I was at a size I was happy with (all four are different sizes) and on the last round I added in the extra little triangle for a special little touch. I decided on a simple white background, and in the end I think it made a perfect sized baby quilt.
I pin basted this quilt (I used a 100% cotton Pellon batting) and then chose to quilt it in straight lines, using my walking foot. I picked one of the lines in each of the triangles and just quilted straight along that line continuing to the edge of the quilt. I just continued this method until the majority of the quilt was quilted and there weren't too many big spaces that were un-quilted. Once the majority of the quilt was finished, I then decided to add in some tight lines of quilting that measure roughly 1/4" apart, you can see examples of this above and below. It really created a neat texture to the quilt. It was quilted with a 40 weight white Aurifil thread on my Juki TL-2010.
I bound the quilt in a Micheal Miller Dumb Dot print and for a little extra touch, I added in four specially made prairie points to the two sides of the quilt. These are sewn into the binding, but are totally free and since it is a baby quilt, it adds a little something for baby to play with, chew on, you know the normal baby stuff.
The backing of the quilt is a Heather Ross, Briar Rose print that I felt was a perfect match for this baby quilt. So bright and sunny, a happy print. The finished quilt measures 41" x 42" and I washed and machine dried the quilt, so the photos here today are of a washed and ready to gift baby quilt.
During the quilting process, I decided upon the name of this quilt, The Bermuda Triangle Quilt, for two main reasons. First, the colors are exactly what I think of when I think of Bermuda. And second, the triangles are all wonky just like the Bermuda Triangle! I thought I was clever at the time, not so sure now! HA!
Thank you Michael Miller for supplying the fabric, and thank you to the Modern Quilt Guild for hosting these really fun challenges. I feel like I learned a lot during this process, and it was really fun designing my own quilt.
Finally, I have my triangle quilt photographed and ready to show off! I finished this one over a month ago, but couldn't bribe anyone to help me take the pictures and finally my husband agreed. You would think I was asking for a kidney. Good grief. This quilt was started as part of The Triangle Quilt along hosted by The Sassy Quilter. i joined in around mid-March, and followed along pretty well, except when it came time for the final link up. I didn't have my binding finished, I missed the deadline by one day. Thankfully, Paula held a special late-finishers link up, and that is what I will be linking up to today.
This quilt was made with the fabric line, Indian Summer by Sarah Watson for Art Gallery fabrics. I love this line, it is just "so me!" I added in various solids and the peach that I used for the "background" was one of the cross-hatching prints from Carolyn Friedlander's Architextures line of fabrics. I designed a very distinct pattern for my triangles, the smaller measuring around 5" and the large triangles measuring around 10". You can read more about the process HERE. The finished quilt measures 40" x 48" a wall hanging that I will hang in my living room.
I decided early on that I wanted to straight line quilt this one, but I wasn't sure exactly how I wanted the lines to go. In the end I decided on a "large arrow" quilt pattern and then radiating the lines from there. I used my Juki TL-2010 with the walking foot and a 40 weight white Aurifil (and a 100% cotton Pellon batting.) The lines are quilted in a pattern, 2 at 3/4" apart, then a 1/2" space. The 1/2" space falls in the center of the "arrow" triangles. I am happy with the simple quilting, it highlights the triangles but doesn't distract.
I decided to do a matched angled binding per the tutorial found at A Quilter's Table, HERE. Even though this technique really isn't hard (and creates a fantastic look) I struggled so much with this technique. I swear I worked on the binding longer than I did the whole quilt process. In the end I had messed up so much, I only had enough fabric to match the top and bottoms, and just bound the sides with the Architextures print. I did carry around the matched binding on the bottom corners, which you can see above, and I am really happy that I did, I love that little detail.
Once again, I used my trusty Heather Ross Crafty Chloe from Hancock Fabrics print as the backing. I love that print and wished I had bought more, as now I'm running low. I also am thrilled with quilts that can use a single cut of fabric for the backing, so simple and makes the whole process so much easier.
This quilt is so soft and has such a nice hand to it, thanks to the Art Gallery prints. Honestly my kids have been playing with it for the last month, so it might be time to wash it before I hang it up, which I am really eager to do, being that the "Indian Summer" is almost upon us! Thanks to Paula for hosting such a fun quilt along!
I auditioned for Sew-vivor Season 2 last year, and sadly wasn't chosen, but it worked out well because something else came up and I wouldn't have been a very good competitor. Well this year, Rachel of Family Ever After announced that Season 3 would be dedicated to Quilting! How perfect is that, I am really into quilting, in case you didn't know. It is kinda what I live and breathe these days. I had to give some thought to my audition piece, and after considering it for a while, I decided to enter my Cosmic Burst quilt. If you are a blog follower, then you saw this finished quilt a few months ago, and if you want to read all the details, you can find that blog post HERE.
This is one of my favorite quilts to date and it currently hangs proudly in my living room, actually the first thing you see when you walk in my house. My favorite precious fabrics, a wonderful pattern, I just love every single thing about it, and I hope you do too!
Fabric - Heather Ross Macaroni Love Story (Spoonflower), Patty Young Lush and Alexander Henry Heath
Fabric Backing - Heather Ross Crafty Chloe (Hancock Fabrics)
Quilt Pattern - Cosmic Burst by Julie of Distant Pickles
Size - 40" x 40"
Batting - Cotton Batting
Quilting - Machine Quilted on my domestic Brother Project Runway, straight line quilted with a walking foot using a light gray Coats and Clark Machine Quilting Thread. All the quilting was done by yours truly.
Binding - Matching Alexander Henry Heath so it would blend into the quilt and not stand out.
Started - Roughly April 2012
Completed - Roughly March 2013
Blogged - May 2014 HERE
I would really love to be chosen as a finalist for this Season of Sew-vivor! I just think it will be so fun to compete in a friendly atmosphere that I know the online quilt community to be. Make sure to head over to the Family Ever After blog to see the other auditions, there are just so many fabulous entries, I'm so glad I'm not a judge! Thank you Rachel for hosting another Season and for all the hard work you put into these competitions.
Well I'm only a day late on a post I said I'd have up yesterday. Oh well, I blame it on summer! Friday, I showed you guys my 'Gator Quilt, made using The 'Gator Quilt Pattern by I'm Feelin' Crafty. Well today I am showing you the back of that quilt, or is it the front? It is totally reversible!
I didn't necessarily start out the quilt with the intention of it being reversible, but it ended up that way because I struggled to find a suitable backing for the 'Gator Quilt. Usually I like to have a solid fabric backing, usually a print that somewhat matches the front, but always something that I get the yardage at a great price. Once I had the front finished, I started searching for a suitable backing and just didn't run across anything that I was in love with. Then I started thinking about other options. What if I found a bundle of fabrics and pieced the backing into something that I actually liked, and better yet, my kids liked. This is where The Intrepid Thread comes in, because honestly, lately it has been my go to shop! Julie had these great bundles of Fun and Games by Lori Whitlock on sale, so I ordered a half yard bundle, plus one extra yard of a print in a different colorway. My basic math calculations were that this should be just enough. In the end I ended up adding in several solids just to have a bit of variety. I think it turned out pretty cute!
In the photo above you can see the all over stipple that I stitched on this quilt. I used a matching green thread and it matches the other side as well as this one. The simple stipple worked equally for both sides and doesn't take away from the great prints in this collection of fabrics.
At about the time I started to look around for backing fabrics, Heidi at Fabric Mutt announced her Graph Paper QAL. I figured this would work out perfectly for this quilt, a simple use of the fabrics and I could participate in this casual quilt along. I ended up cutting 9.5" squares, 60 total. Super simple construction, I didn't worry about fabric placement, my only goal was to not have two prints touching on the sides and with basically no planning, it just happened naturally. I knew with my 9" finished squares I would be cutting off chunks at the top and bottom, but the sides would fall just about perfect, so this didn't leave any overhang for the quilt backing like you normally need. So to accommodate, I cut 20 of the squares 9.5" x 11.5" and this allowed me to have 2" of overhang on each side. Once it was quilted and trimmed, the sides turned out to be perfect squares!
I chose to totally machine stitch the binding on this one, and you can see that row of stitching above. I didn't cut my binding quite wide enough, so I admit it was a challenge to catch that edge, but on a whole I did, I only had to go back and fix a few spots (ok maybe 20) that didn't catch and since I used a matching blue thread you can barely see any mistakes anyway.
I'm totally proud of my reversible/double sided quilt and honestly want to do this for every quilt I make now, especially throw quilts and quilts for children. You can change the look totally just by flipping it over!
Before I totally forget, one of the things I forgot to mention about the other side of this quilt (The 'Gator Quilt) was that I did a straight matched binding, using a tutorial by A Quilter's Table, found HERE. I thought the three little ground pieces underneath the alligators would be a perfect use of this technique and I am really happy with the results. It extended the ground just a tad bit and added a neat little detail to this quilt! The best part is that on the other side, the brown fell really near other brown patterns and you don't even see it on the other side. Win win!
Today is my stop in the 'Gator Quilt Blog Hop! I am showing off my awesome 'Gator Quilt made from the pattern designed by I'm Feelin' Crafty! I was fortunate enough to be able to test the pattern and now I have this super cute quilt to share with you guys!
Once I had agreed to be a pattern tester, I knew immediately that I wanted to make the whole quilt, I just knew my kids would love this. We are in South Louisiana, alligators are a common thing around here in these swamp lands! My journey started with a fabric pull from my stash, I have a lot of greens, so this wasn't a problem at all. I decided to make each alligator different, but each out of just one main fabric. The large polka dot is the medium sized alligator, the little white checks are the large and the green grid fabric is the small guy. I didn't have enough of any fabric in my stash for the background so I decided on this lovely Kona Ocean. It is a beautiful dark blue, but unfortunately it doesn't photograph well and honestly I am including the above photo to give you an idea of the true colors of this quilt, because once it was outside, my camera did some funky things with these pictures. The photos I chose to show today are the "most normal" ones and not the crazy neon blues that my camera created!
I have a little bit of experience with paper piecing, but honestly not too much, just enough to get me through this without having to look up how to do it again. I was worried when I first started out that this would be too complicated, but honestly the way the pattern is broken down, it really was simple. The alligator is made up of lots of smaller sections, each of which are paper pieced. For example the tail is probably the most complicated part, as it is one large piece that has around 7 sections, but honestly it really isn't that hard. You then take the multiple sections that you paper pieced and just sew them together like normal blocks. So it looks really difficult, but it totally doable. I promise!
I started with the largest alligator and since the pieces were larger I found it to be easier to put together. This also created a lot of smaller scraps that I was able to incorporate into the other two smaller alligators. I really had only a small pile of scraps leftover once I was done with the quilt, which is really nice. Once I made the largest, the smaller two went together so quickly. i think I did all my "learning" with the largest, and then the other two were just smooth sailing, you have learned what color goes where and how to construct the alligators, so the little tiny pieces don't seem daunting, it was fun!
After the three alligators are pieced, the rest of the quilt is just a series of rectangles to assemble, quick and easy. Before you know it, you have a finished quilt! This is my first quilt that I have made that incorporates such a large amount of negative space and I love it!
The finished quilt measures 54" x 70" or at least it did, that is what the pattern's finished dimensions are, but of course I had to change things a bit. You see once I had the whole top together I quickly realized this thing was way bigger than I thought it would be. I think in my head I was thinking small baby quilt, but no, this one is a good throw sized quilt. While staring at the quilt top laying on the floor I had an epiphany! What about making this quilt fit my youngest bed? You see earlier this year my husband built my youngest (2.5 years old) a trundle bed that rolls underneath my older son's bed. This trundle is not intended to lift up, but rather stay low to the ground. This creates a problem when it comes to comforters and quilts, they generously pile on the ground around the trundle. Yuck. So I grabbed my measuring tape and Eureka! 54" wide perfectly covers the mattress, doesn't drag the floor and will work out just fine. My only problem is the length, it was about a foot shy of being long enough. Thankfully I had enough background fabric left over and was able to add strips to both the top and bottom, so now my quilt measures 54" x 81." I have a quilt that is "almost" a twin size.
The back of this quilt is a story I will share Monday, because I made this a double sided quilt, yes totally reversible. Because of this decision I limited myself with my quilting options. Originally I was going to do some really detailed free motion quilting on the alligators themselves, and then some kind of design for the background, think wood-grain or grass. Well that option is now out, I needed something that will work for both sides. That is where the simple stipple comes in. I bought a matching green thread and just went to town. I focused on getting the stipple very evenly spaced, I worked hard to get the tension perfect on both sides and I really paid attention to what I was doing. I quilted this baby in 5 hours! Woo hoo! So fast and I am really happy with the end result, the texture is great, I feel there is just enough stitching on the alligators to really secure them and their seams for generations to come. Since I used a green thread, it really stands out on the blue background and creates a nice visual element as well. I bound the quilt in the same Kona Ocean as the background and ta-da, finished quilt!
Ok enough tooting my own horn, I did have one fail with this quilt. The pattern calls for embroidered eyes, on each of the alligators, which I did, except I didn't use a dark enough thread and I feel it is really hard to see the eyes. If I had to do it again I would use either a really dark green, or even a black so the eyes would really show up.
I know you are ready to make one of these yourself! If you are, click HERE to purchase the pattern from the I'm Feelin' Crafty Craftsy store. Thank you so much Louise, for letting me test this pattern for you, it really was a rewarding and a learning experience, and now I have this beautiful quilt to show for it! Make sure to stop by the other participants in the blog hop next week and if you want more information about the pattern or how to paper piece, stop by I'm Feelin' Crafty for all of the details.
A month and a half ago, I had the pleasure to share my Lotus quilt over at Sew Sweetness as part of the Jaybird Quilts Sew Along, it was such a fun quilt to make and after it was finished I was just itching to make another one of Julie's patterns. They really are great y'all. Well I quickly figured out the next pattern I wanted to make after seeing Debbie's version of Northern Lights. Oh so pretty! So I ordered the Northern Lights pattern (I already had the Hex N More ruler) and I ordered this gorgeous fabric (Shimmer) by Jennifer Sampou. I quickly got to work!
I decided to make the Baby sized quilt, I ordered seven different fabrics, so I only had to figure out which one to eliminate. Well as you can see, in the end I was unable to eliminate one and instead decided to use them all! So in order to use them all, I added another row to the width, and two extra rows to the length. Thus my quilt ended up being right in between the Baby size and Lap size, measuring 44" x 56." The great thing about this pattern is how easy it is to customize to get just the right size.
I intend for this quilt to be a wall hanging in my house and honestly this is probably the most elegant thing I have ever sewn. Very subdued for me, usually I am all bright and crazy, so this is really a step out of my comfort zone. Now you can't really tell in these photos, but the fabric is named "Shimmer" for a reason, it has just a slight touch of metallic accents or shimmer to them. They are gorgeous! Really stunning. and I hate the fact that you just can't appreciate it unless you see these in person. The print in the very center, the lightest one, is my absolute favorite, in a way it reminds me of a snake skin, but it is just so darn perfect! I chose to arrange the fabrics from dark to light back to dark and also to separate the two different colorways. I was hoping for a smooth transition, and I am really pleased with the result.
This quilt top was cut out and sewn in about a day, which is also one of the things I love about Jaybird Quilts patterns, so fast and it packs such a visual punch. I had hoped to have it quilted by now (I already have my thread) but am struggling to find the perfect backing and honestly don't want to just settle to have it finished. So that being said, I took it outside this morning for a quick photo shoot and for now we will have to enjoy it as just a quilt top. I plan to matchstick quilt this one via She Can Quilt inspiration, but not all over, rather in a very deliberate pattern, I think it will be awesome, or at least I hope it will be! It looks great in my head!
I am linking up this quilt with the Jaybird Quilts Sew Along. It was really fun to be part of the Blog Hop, and then turn around, sew another quilt and be able to link it up! If you get a chance, head over to the link up and check out the other entries, there are some fabulous projects over there! Thank you to both Sara at Sew Sweetness for holding such a fun Sew Along and for Julie at Jaybird Quilts for designing such awesome patterns and rulers!
Welcome to Marci Girl Designs! If you are here for the first time from Blogger's Quilt Festival, I would love for you to have a look around. I am a stay at home mom to two precious boys and I fill all my free time with all forms of sewing, and in the last few years, mostly quilting. I'm pretty obsessed, but anyways, enough about me, let's talk about this quilt!
This is my Cosmic Burst quilt that was part of two sew alongs that took place a few years ago. It started with the Cosmic Burst Quilt Along hosted by Distant Pickles and then I chose to use "my precious" fabrics and incorporated the My Precious Quilt Along hosted by Kelby Sews. Way back in the day when this quilt was started, I worked pretty diligently on it and had the quilt top finished in a semi-timely manner (good for me anyway.) In typical fashion, once the quilt top was finished, it sat for a long time, probably a year. Well at the beginning of last year (think last March) I finally basted, quilted and bound it. I even took pictures back then, but NEVER blogged about it. I have no idea why I never blogged about it, I ADORE this quilt, it is currently hanging in my living room and I love it, I guess I just never sat down to share this beauty. Well today is the day and I decided to share it today by participating in the Blogger's Quilt Festival!
I said before that this quilt started with the Cosmic Burst Quilt Along, so the pattern was chosen from the very beginning, I knew what the overall quilt design was based on this awesome pattern that Julie designed. I still love it today as much as I did when I started this project. Such a pretty design. I then had to choose what fabrics I wanted to use to compliment the pattern. Well I knew I wanted something pretty special, so i chose to cut up my hoarded, precious Heather Ross, Macaroni Love Story that was printed exclusively for Spoonflower. I created 3 digital mock-ups of fabric placement (I didn't want to mess this thing up) and after debating for a while, chose the one I liked best. In the end I added in Patty Young, Lush, Running Stitch (the pink and orange dotted stripes) and then framed the whole thing with a background fabric of Alexander Henry Heath (the gray crosshatch,) still one of my all time favorites.
I had to do quite a bit of figuring to get all of the directional prints to fall perfectly, especially those blue and yellow sail boats, that was a mental challenge! But once the cutting was done, the sewing was fast and before I knew it I had a finished quilt top. And there it sat forever. Well in the meantime Heather Ross designed fabric for Hancock Fabric stores, one of the prints was a matching clothespin doll print in gray (which worked out PERFECTLY) and I was able to buy enough yardage for the back of this precious quilt that featured all of these much loved and hoarded fabrics. So I basted it, and then had to decide on quilting.
I pretty much knew that I would straight line quilt this one, and I wanted to feature the radiance of that center star from which the whole quilt pattern was based. I started quilting on the diagonal in 1/2" lines from corner to corner and then the opposite direction, this creating the wonderful grid right in the dead center of this quilt, seen below. I just loved how that turned out. Oh and I used a nice matching gray quilting thread, to hopefully blend in, but yet be seen just the right amount.
Once the center sections were quilted, I just echoed the quilting in diagonal "triangles" in the top, bottom and sides. I chose to do this stitching 3/4" apart, hoping it would make the center section stand out, and I think it did exactly what I was intending! Once the quilting was complete I decided to bind it in the same Alexander Henry Heath, so that the binding would just blend into the background. The finished quilt measures 40" x 40", I used a cotton batting (don't remember the details) and it is a perfect wall hanging.
I am so happy to have shared this finished quilt today and thanks so much for reading along! I also wanted to mention that I am fairly new to Instagram, and I would love it if you would follow along with my daily antics, you can find my Instagram account here, marci_girl.
The Latticework quilt is finished! Finally! This quilt has a long history, it took quite a while to get here, finished, but boy I am glad that it is. This quilt started way back in September 2011 where I asked my new at the time Always Bee Learning bee mates to make some 8.5" paper pieced string blocks. You can see my original block HERE. Then after receiving all the blocks, they just sat there FOREVER. Then last year, May 2013 to be exact, these string blocks were transformed into a new quilt block that I designed, and then was turned into a finished quilt top, you can read about it HERE. After the top was finished, I quickly basted it and there it sat until February 2014. Officially 2 years and roughly 5 months later I quilted this quilt.
This quilt was quilted with my brand-new-to-me (used) Juki TL 2010q in February of this year. I haven't yet blogged about my new machine, but hope to in the near future, because honestly it has been a game changer for me. This was my first time free motion quilting a quilt this large, and really the first project that I completed with my new machine. I used a 50 weight white thread fromConnecting Threads, only had 3 bobbins, so needless to say I had to stop and load them a lot, and I tried out three different free motion stitches using the 1/5" free motion foot.
The first bit of free motion stitching that I tried out was in the "strings" sections of the quilt, where I quilted a large flower, which if you look REAL HARD you can see above. I wanted a fairly dense stitch to really lock down all those strings. It worked, but since the fabric is so busy, I find the quilting really doesn't show up that well. Which is ok, because it is FAR from perfect. The second bit of stitching that I tried was the pretty leaves in the narrow white strips. This shows up fairly well and I was really happy with the result, you can see this above and below. It was so fun stitching those leaves, which is now my favorite part of the quilt.
The third stitch can be seen above and I'm not sure what to call it, but it was stitched in the larger expanses. I marked the lines with a washable blue marker and then tried to "trace" those lines. It turned out OK, but honestly this quilt was pretty much entirely on the bias and there was a lot of fullness in these spots, so my quilting was really just to try and ease in the fullness. That worked better in some spots, not so good in others. The above photo is a good example of that "fullness." I am hoping that after I wash this quilt, a lot of those issues will resolve themselves (I hope.)
Here is my stitching up close. Not too bad, especially for my first go with a new machine. I had minimal thread breakage, only a few hiccups and overall truly loved quilting this throw quilt. Not once did I ever think that it was hard to fit in the machine, which is such a nice change. The larger harp of the Juki made quilting this a breeze and just so enjoyable. I set my machine up on my dining room table with the extension table attached, and the table supported the weight of the quilt and I really worked on having good posture and staying relaxed while quilting.
The backing was pieced from yardage and I took special care to carefully match up the pattern, so it is really hard to find the back seam. I have found that I really like just having a simple one print backing. It is quicker and I don't have to stress about the backing so much. I bound the quilt in another Heather Bailey print, because you have to stick with Heather Bailey, since all the prints on the front of this quilt are her designs! The finished quilt measures 62" x 75" and I used a 80/20 cotton/poly Pellon batting. I haven't washed this quilt yet, but I will before it is given to the intended recipient, I guess I am hesitant to try and wash it in my high efficiency washing machine. Have any of you washed a larger quilt in an high efficiency washing machine with success?
Roughly two and half years after starting this quilt, Latticework is now finished!
This is officially my last finish of the first quarter 2014 Finish Along hosted by Katy of The Littlest Thistle. You can see my first quarter Finish Along list HERE.
I started the New Year out wonderfully by winning this gorgeous bundle of Radiant Orchid fabrics from Hawthorne Threads. You see I had planned on entering the 2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge hosted by On the Windy Side and Play Crafts, but I had a very different idea in my head, that included only one Radiant Orchid print, because honestly I didn't have any of this color in my stash, which is odd because purple and pink are my favorite colors. Once I won the bundle (thanks so much Hawthorne Threads) a new plan started to form and I immediately ordered three black and gray prints, also from Hawthorne Threads.
I started to sketch, form a plan and design some blocks. I knew I really wanted a very graphic modern quilt. One that only featured two colors and a design that was based solely on triangles and arrows. Right away I realized that some of the blocks were not going to be able to be pieced traditionally and I hoped they could be accomplished by paper piecing them. Well it worked! I drafted two different paper pieced blocks for this quilt, totally designed by me! The "arrow" shaped and the large "zig-zag" blocks are paper pieced. The rest of the blocks are traditionally pieced, mostly a lot of triangles.
I am so proud of this one. My first original designed quilt! She measures 54" x 63," a good lap quilt. It did take me longer to get the top finished than I originally planned, those paper pieced blocks took a while and then the actual layout of the quilt took longer. I thought I was being clever by having both 16" and 12" blocks, but when it came time to lay them out, it just wasn't what I had pictured in my head. Then I decided to turn the blocks on point and voila, it was perfect, except I had a lot of gaps to fill in. Thus meaning I made a lot of (10 to be exact) 4" x 12" filler blocks. Oh and all those outside triangles to figure out!
When I was about 3/4 of the way done with the top I realized I was going to run out of my three background prints. Paper piecing eats through fabric and I had only ordered 1 yard each of the three prints. I started to panic because I realized I now needed to try and buy more of the three or add in another. Late one night I started to dig through my stash and found the perfect fourth print, which I had a little less than a yard of, it was the text print seen above. Actually the four background fabrics are:
Art Gallery Chromatics (the lightest gray print)
Art Gallery Oval Elements (the black print with large ovals)
Timeless Treasures Dream (the black with tiny metallic dots)
Michael Miller Madrona Road by Violet Craft (the black with white text, the one I added last minute!)
I am really glad that I added in the forth background print and since I still had to make a lot of those 4" blocks, plus the outside edge triangles, I was able to blend in that print without it being noticeable that it was a last minute add in! I used every single print from the Hawthorne Threads bundle, and I tried to scatter the prints throughout the quilt randomly. Some blocks are more successful than others, but the majority have a high contrast, which I really enjoy.
Oh and I don't want you to think I am some super math genius to figure out the different sized outside triangles, otherwise known as quarter square triangles or setting triangles. I used a great free app called, The Quilter's Little Helper Essential Quilting Calculators by Robert Kaufman. This app was a lifesaver and I was able to figure out every one of those triangles without any problems. I highly recommend it!
Here she is in all her Radiant Orchid beauty! This is my entry into the 2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge - Radiant Orchid hosted by On the Windy Side + Play Crafts. I am entering it into the "Just The Top" category and it measures 54" x 63." Click on the little circle below to go and see all the other entries, trust me, there are some beautiful quilts being entered in this competition!
Linking up to My Go-Go Life: Sewjo Saturday! This was my only finish this week, heck this was the only thing I really worked on this week period! Glad to have the quilt top done and looking forward to working on new projects!
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